Monthly Archives: December 2016

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, December 29th 2016.

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Updating An Earlier Expiredmeter Story, ‘Robin Hood’ Parking Meter Group Claims Yet Another Court Victory Over Keene, NH Officials - New Hampshire Union Leader

Illinois Authorities Gear Up For New Year’s Weekend Traffic Safety Checks - Chicago Tribune

More On The New Traffic Laws In Illinois For 2017: Drivers Must Avoid Vehicles With Hazard Lights On; Possible Jail For Work And School Zone Speeding; Vehicle Impoundment For Second Time Failure To Have Proof Of Insurance - Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial: Texting While Driving – In A Matter Of Seconds, You Could Ruin Lives Forever - Chicago Tribune

End Of Parking Ban Planned For Stretch Of Argyle In Jefferson Park, To Add More Residential Permit Parking - Nadig Newspapers

Neighborhood Board Rejects Plan To Build Townhouse Near Planned Sauganash Bike Trail - Nadig Newspapers

After Being Launched With A $10,000 Kickback To Former CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein, Divvy Has Racked Up Nearly 10M Rides - Chicago Sun-Times

Prosecutors Don’t Oppose Delaying Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock’s Trial On Mileage Fraud And Other Corruption Charges - Chicago Sun-Times

Navy Pier Had More Lyft Rider Visits Than Any Other U.S. Tourist Destination - DNA Chicago

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, December 28th 2016.

More On The Redflex Deal With Feds Over Red Light Camera Criminal Charges - The Newspaper

Getting Around Chicago In 2017: Higher Metra Fares, A Completed Jane Addams - Chicago Tribune

Under IDOT Proposal For Toll Lanes, Speed Comes At A Cost - Chicago Tribune

Uber, Food Trucks And Airbnb: Chicago’s 3 Biggest Over-Regulation Stories From 2016 - Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois Drivers Who Try To ‘Beat The Train’ To Face Doubled Fines In 2017 - DNA Chicago; Illinois Ranked Second In The Nation In 2015 For Fatalities At Railroad Crossings

New Illinois Motorcycle Laws Aimed At Making Bikers More Visible, Preserving Route 66 Heritage - Illinois News Network

Check Out Bridgeport’s New $3 Car Wash - DNA Chicago

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, December 27th 2016.

Redflex Will Work With Feds, Avoid Criminal Prosecution Over Chicago Red Light Cameras - Chicago Sun-Times; Redflex Will Pay An As-Yet-Undetermined Amount Of Restitution And Damages To Chicago

Lake Shore Drive Traffic Could Be Affected By Lane Closures Tuesday And Wednesday - DNA Chicago

New O’Hare, Midway Parking Rates Start Next Month - Chicago Sun-Times

Obama Will Give Farewell Speech In Chicago Next Month At McCormick Place, Giving Him One More Opportunity To Screw Up Chicago Traffic - DNA Chicago

Michigan Avenue March Saturday Will Mark The Murders In Chicago This Year - Chicago Sun-Times

Your NYE Transit Guide To Get You Home In One Piece - Redeye

Chicago Seeks Big-Idea Proposals For Michael Reese Hospital Site In Bronzeville - Chicago Tribune

RIP Princess Leia – Iconic Actress, Carrie Fisher, Dead At 60 - New York TimesFilmed An Unforgettably Hilarious Scene For ‘The Blues Brothers,’ In Chicago’s Abandoned Freight Tunnel System

More From The Rahm Secret E-Mails: Billionaire Asked Rahm To Close Monroe Street For Daughter’s Wedding - Chicago Tribune; Open Records Experts See Loopholes In Emanuel’s E-Mail Lawsuit Settlement - Chicago Tribune; Chicago Narrowly Missed Having ‘Rahmo,’ A City Owned Lottery That Would Have Put The Icing On Chicago’s Corruption Cupcake - Crain’s Chicago Business

IDOT Vintage Photos Show How Your Neighborhood Looked From 1920 to 1950 - DNA Chicago

Many New Laws In New Year Will Impact Illinois Drivers In 2017

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According to ABC 7 Chicago, Illinois will ring in nearly 200 new laws passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor in 2016 on January 1st.  15  of those several hundred new laws that will affect Illinois drivers.

In particular, one law will increase the penalty for violating railroad crossing restrictions, while another requires drivers to change lanes to avoid any vehicle with hazard lights flashing.

One interesting law compels driver’s education teachers to instruct drivers on how to handle traffic stops by law enforcement.

A new, if possibly redundant law requires license plates to be visible, although Illinois law already seems to be pretty clear on how license plates must be mounted on vehicles.

Of particular interest to Chicago drivers is a law that clarifies bikers do have the same right of way as motor vehicles. Perhaps  next year the General Assembly could clarify the law that bikers also need to follow the rules of the road like their motorized counterparts would also be helpful.

SB 0637 – Makes changes to Illinois law so drivers licenses comply with federal REAL ID regulations.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, December 23rd 2016.

Streetsblog Cheers One Year Anniversary Of The Loop Link BRT Fiasco – Despite Its 3 Mile An Hour Speed, The Horrible Design That Creates Conflict With Drivers Turning/Making Pickups And Deliveries In The North Loop, And The Total Choke Down Of Cross-Loop Vehicle Traffic - Chicago Streetsblog

Authors Of Study, That Advocated Letting Bikers Ignore Red Lights/Stop Signs, Try To Defend Their Fatally Flawed, Agenda-Driven Drivel - Chicago Tribune

Taylor Street Bridge Over I-90/94 Open In Time For Holiday Travel  - Chicago Sun-Times

New Illinois Law, Which Lets Drivers Have Their Birthday As Plate Expiration Date, Was Prompted By Secretary Of State Ending Mailed Renewal Notices - Illinois News Network

In Email, N’DIGO Publisher Demanded Rahm Tear Up Her Parking Tickets - Chicago Tribune; No Word On Whether Rahm Honored That Request; Rahm’s Emails Reveal Favors/Influence For Sale - Chicago Tribune; So Much For Rahm’s Transparency Promises - Chicago Tribune; E-Mails Show Lucas Museum Might Have Gone To US Steel South Works Site - Curbed Chicago

After Bribery Scandal Over Chicago Red Light Camera System, Redflex Losses Are Expected To Mount In 2017 - The Newspaper

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, December 22nd 2016.

Call The Waambulance: After The City Spent $22M On Fixing The Fullerton/Damen/Elston Bottleneck, Streetsblog Is Still Pouting — According To Streetsblog’s Uninformed, Ass-Backward, Voodoo Traffic Engineering Study, The Intersection Remake, Which Was Designed To Deal With TOO MUCH TRAFFIC, Should Have Been Done As A Road Diet Project With FEWER LANES - Chicago Streetsblog

CDOT Commissioner Appears On TV To Talk Transportation Projects; Totally Embarrasses Herself With Her Inability To Answer Basic Questions About The Loop Link BRT Problems With Excruciatingly Slow Bus Speeds, And A Crappy Design That Causes Cars To Veer Into Bus Lanes To Make Turns/Pickups/Deliveries - WTTW/Chicago Tonight

City’s New LED Streetlights Get Failing Grade In Student-Led Study — ‘Terrible For Driving’ - DNA Chicago; Someone Tell The City That Its Latest Goofy Green Goose-Chase Runs Counter To The Chicago-Based American Medical Association’s Warning — That Light-Emitting-Diode Lights Can Impair Nighttime Driving Vision; Quote: ‘High-Intensity LED Lighting Designs Emit A Large Amount Of Blue Light That Appears White To The Naked Eye And Create Worse Nighttime Glare Than Conventional Lighting. Discomfort And Disability From Intense, Blue-Rich LED Lighting Can Decrease Visual Acuity And Safety, Resulting In Concerns And Creating A Road Hazard.’

Police To Crack Down On Drunken Drivers In The Bridgeport Area - DNA Chicago

Fake ‘Dibs’ Tickets Are Being Handed Out: Don’t Be Fooled - DNA ChicagoNot The Most Original Prank

Rahm’s Hillary Clinton Moment: One Day After Being Slapped By A Judge For Violating The Illinois Open Meetings Act, Rahm Settles Another Lawsuit With The Better Government Association, For Using Private E-Mail For City Business, And Failing To Turn Over E-Mails In Response To Freedom Of Information Act Requests - Chicago Tribune; Could These E-Mails End Up Putting Rahm In A Jail Cell With Blagojevich; What Trump Could Learn From Chicago’s Kleptocracy - Chicago Reader

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, December 21st 2016.

15 Of The 200 New Illinois Laws For 2017 Will Affect Drivers - ABC 7 Chicago

Looking Back At Transportation News In 2016 - Chicago Reader

Lakefront Bike, Jogging Trails To Be Separated, Thanks To $12M Donation - Chicago Sun-Times; Woman Struck, Seriously Injured By Hit And Run Biker On Lakefront Path, Cheers News Of Safer Lanes - Chicago Sun-Times

More Stevenson Closures Scheduled Thursday Near LSD - Chicago Sun-Times

Will Uber And Driverless Car Businesses Cut Into Chicago Parking Lot Profits - Crain’s Chicago Business

Taxpayer Supported Active Transportation Alliance Using Your Tax Dollars To Lobby For The Elimination Of Car Lanes On Already Overtaxed Streets - Active Transportation Alliance

Randolph Street Bike Lane Wins Award - People For Bikes; Judges Must Have Given Points For Most Destructive Bike Lane For Downtown Traffic Flow

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, December 20th 2016.

Revamped Damen, Elston, Fullerton Intersections Open; New Bike Lanes, Traffic Signals, Pedestrian Crossings Added - DNA Chicago

Avoid The Stevenson Expressway: Lanes, Ramps Shutting Down Wednesday - DNA Chicago

Chicago Police Increasing Patrols At Daley Plaza Christkindlmarket After Berlin Truck Terror Attack - DNA Chicago; Islamic Terrorists Claim Responsibility For Berlin Truck Attack – Suspects Still At Large - Chicago Sun-Times

Point/Counterpoint: Letter: Bicyclists Must Be Held To The Same Laws As Motorists - Chicago Tribune; Letter: Safety, Shmafety: Special Snowflake Cyclists Should Skip Stop Signs/Signals - Chicago Tribune

Chicago-Based Parqex Raises More Than $1M To Rent Out Private Parking Spots - Chicago Tribune

Rahm Wants To Raise Maximum Fine For Non-Removed Motor Vehicles, Tires, Waste Dumped On Vacant Lots From $1,500 To $5,000 - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois License Plate Renewal Notices To Continue For Now, Budget Or No; Future Notices May Be Funded With Advertising - The Southern Illinoisan

Former Reporter Turned Uber Driver, Anthony Ponce, Gives Active Transportation Alliance A Reality Check About Vehicle Pickups And Drop Offs In Chicago, And Why Bike Lanes Sometimes Get Blocked - Active Transportation Alliance; ‘In Some Situations, Street Parking Is So Packed That It Is, Unfortunately, Impossible To Find An Opening. In Those Situations, A Little Patience And Understanding From [Cyclists] Would Be Appreciated.’

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, December 19th 2016.

After Goofball Study Concludes That Bikers Should Be Allowed To Ignore Red Lights And Stop Signs, Authors Are Somehow Surprised That People Who Live In The Real World Disagree - Next City; Streetsblog Throws A Hissy Fit After Tribune Editorial Board Criticizes That Study, Noting That Bikers Running Red Lights And Stop Signs Is Patently Unsafe - Chicago Streetsblog; Streetsblog Conveniently Forgets To Mention That Of The 6 Bikers Killed So Far This Year, One Was Killed After Running A Red Light On Michigan AvenueWhile Another Was Killed After Pulling Out Right In Front Of An Oncoming Truck On Sheridan Road In Evanston; Letter: Why Bikes And Chicago Traffic Don’t Mix - Chicago Tribune

Speeding Ticket Numbers Down, Fatalities Up On Illinois Roads - State Journal Register

Uber Says Monitoring Drivers Improves Safety, But Drivers Have Mixed Views - Chicago Tribune

After Rahm Gives His Brother/Uber Investor Ari A Sweetheart Deal, The Number Of Chicago Taxi Drivers Hits 10-Year Low As Ride-Share Companies Take Off - Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Food Trucks Better Clean Up Their Act - Chicago Sun-Times

Restaurant Industry Gets Behind Relaxed Rules For Food Trucks - Chicago Sun-Times

City Council Tilting At Windmills Again Over Fossil Fuel Divestment - DNA Chicago

Frackonomics: Will Oil/Gas Fracking Ever Take Off In Illinois - The Southern Illinoisan

Party Bus Shooting Wounds 3, Including Suspect, Near Lake Shore Drive - DNA ChicagoSo Much For The City Crackdown On Party Bus Shenanigans

Cartoon: The Chicago Traffic Camera Grinch - Illinois Policy Institute

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, December 16th 2016.

Tribune Editorial Board: Slam The Brakes On ‘Idaho Stop’: Chicago’s 6 Cycling Deaths In 2016 Are 6 Too Many - Chicago Tribune; Chicago Tonight, Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg Look At The Nutty Proposal To Allow Bikers To Ignore Stop Signs And Red Light - Chicago TonightChicago Sun-Times

IDOT Wants To Put Toll Lanes On Eisenhower Expressway - Chicago Tribune

Tollway Budgets $10 Million For Route 53 Extension Study - Chicago Daily Herald

100% Plus Rate Hike Could Await Some Indiana Toll Road Users - NBC 16 South Bend

After Caving Into The Anti-Car Nuts Over The Mindless Central Ave. Rush Hour Road Diet, Ald. Sposato Is Thrown Out Of The Progressive Caucus, For Voting ‘No’ On Millions Of City Tax Dollars For Illegal Alien Lawyers - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Can’t Close Door On Driverless Cars - Chicago Daily Herald

Drivers: Help Deliver Gifts To Hospitalized Veterans, Canaryville Group Asks - DNA Chicago

Giant Letter To Santa Returns To Chicago Street With Plea For Compassion - DNA Chicago

Police To Crack Down Drunken Drivers On The South Side Friday - DNA Chicago; Police Will Be On The Lookout For Drunken Drivers On NW Side This Weekend - DNA Chicago